Sacrament:A sacrament is when something holy happens. It is transparent time, time which you can see through to something deep inside time. If we weren't blind as bats, we might see that life itself is sacramental.
Ritual:A ritual is the performance of an intuition, the rehearsal of a dream, the playing of a game.
A sacrament is the breaking through of the sacred into the profane; a ritual is the ceremonial acting out of the profane in order to show forth its sacredness.A sacrament is God offering his holiness to [humanity]; a ritual is humans raising up the holiness of their humanity to God.
Very few can bring theology down to earth like Buechner can. How simple, yet profoundly sensitive can you get?
It bears repeating, here, and everyday we roll out of our beds into the world...
If we weren't blind as bats, we might see that life itself is sacramental.